Burbank Firefighters Add Nine to Ranks

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Recruit Firefighters extinguish a set auto fire during graduation exercises Friday at The Burbank Training Center. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
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(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 

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It all started years ago for some and the day of becoming a Firefighter came true Friday at The Burbank Training Center where 9 men took the oath to become Burbank Firefighters. Class 2013 started with 11, and after a grueling 14 week academy, nine had finished.

Chanting their class motto: "Together in Stride, Centennial Pride" Burbank's newest fire fighters jog into place during graduation exercises Friday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
Chanting their class motto: “Together in Stride, Centennial Pride” Burbank’s newest fire fighters jog into place during graduation exercises Friday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Mayor Dave Golonski gave the recruits words of wisdom, as one of his final duties of being Mayor, then City Manager Ken Pulskamp, told the nine new firefighters that when he started his career as a municipal employee, there were no fax machines and teleconferencing, he reminded them that being a city employee that they will be watched all the time. He congratulated the class as they have and will make great sacrifices.

Flowing water from Truck 11 and Engine 11 while fire recruits man handlines during graduation exercises Friday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
Flowing water from Truck 11 and Engine 11 while fire recruits man hand-lines during graduation exercises Friday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The class was instructed by Fire Captain Tray White with the assistance of Engineer Jeff Carlon, who is currently Burbank’s assistant Training Engineer and Firefighter of The Year. They were assisted by Fire Fighter Ryan Weber who also is a former Firefighter of The Year.

The class was accepted by Fire Chief Tom Lenahan, who was the Keynote speaker. He was proud of the accomplishments of the nine members, and gave them five keys to follow in their career to be successful in as Burbank Firefighters.

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The class of nine consisted of: Michael Cary, Christopher Donan, Richard Dunn, Alex Jauregui, Hai Nguyen, Stephen Nielesky, Wesley Peebles, Jeffrey Ponton and Joel Ray.

With a BIG THANK YOU Burbank Recruits thank academy instructor Firefighter Ryan Weber, for all his attention to detail and for helping them get through. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
With a BIG THANK YOU Burbank Recruits thank academy instructor Firefighter Ryan Weber, for all his attention to detail and for helping them get through. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The class was given their oath of office, issued their shiny new Centennial Badges, and given a Burbank Firefighter Belt Buckle by Fire Fighter Local Union President Mike McDonald. Plenty of pictures were snapped, and refreshments served then the nine new firefighters donned their protective equipment and went outside to give several demonstrations of what they had learned the past 14 weeks, besides how to survive being a Firefighter.

The Class of 2013

Burbank Fire Fighter Recruit Class of 2013. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
Burbank Fire Fighter Recruit Class of 2013. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Meet the new Burbank Firefighters

Here is an outstanding video created by Eric Rowley of their training

Burbank Fire Academy 2013 from Eric Rowley on Vimeo.

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